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NTF launch Newcastle petition

Some heavyweight names of the racing industry have joined in the National Trainers Trust’s petition against the proposed ripping up of Newcastle Racecourse’s flat turf track. The NTF asked members earlier in the year of their thoughts on the planned changes at Newcastle, which include the fitting of an all weather track and the majority are against the plans including the likes of Sir Michael Stoute, Roger Varian and Luca Cumani.


Cumani said on the petition: “One of the best and fairest turf tracks in the UK. I have run many horses over the years, but will not if it becomes yet ANOTHER all-weather track.”


Although it is widely known that there is a need for an all-weather track in the North of England, the general feeling is that it should not come at the expense of a perfectly good turf track. Yesterday the NTF launched an online petition in a view to getting the thoughts of those outside of the training ranks.


Rupert Arnold, chief executive of the NTF, said: “There is a need for an all-weather track in the north and we don’t underestimate the requirements of our members in the north.


“However, a decision to convert Newcastle’s valued turf course has major long term consequences for the sport and as an alternative venue for a northern all-weather track is still a possibility, the decision must not be rushed.


“We have been approached by trainers and others in the sport asking if any more could be done to change ARC’s plans. At this late stage we felt the only option was to get all those people’s voices heard and an online petition offered the best solution.”


By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport




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